Ancient Israel

Israel in Future Prophecy

24 April, 2017 messianicapologetics 0

In too many Messianic settings, when questions are asked about Biblical passages like Isaiah 11:12-16; Jeremiah 31:6-10; Ezekiel 37:15-28; and Zechariah 10:6-10, among others, polarized extremes are likely to be witnessed. One side makes these kinds of verses a central part of its spiritual identity—even more important than faith in the Messiah. Another side, when encountering past abuses, tends to totally dismiss legitimate questions and expectations that such passages pose. How can Bible readers have a mature approach to a larger restoration of Israel, prophesied in the Holy Writ, which is able to navigate through much of the immaturity detectable? […]

Anti-Semitism

A Restoration of Israel–Without the Jews?

11 April, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

POSTED 12 DECEMBER, 2016 reproduced from the December 2016 issue of Outreach Israel News This month of December 2016, the Jewish and Messianic Jewish communities will be commemorating Chanukah or the Festival of Dedication. Chanukah is a very warm time for Jewish and Messianic Jewish families, mainly as they reflect back on different family memories, special times of fellowship, gift giving, and of course eating many specialty foods. In many Messianic congregations the world over, there will be dedicated times of reading from the Books of Maccabees, focusing on the ancient history of the Seleucid invasion of the Land of Israel, […]

Books & Studies

Introduction to Things Messianic

31 March, 2017 messianicapologetics 0

Are you new to the Messianic movement? Do you have questions about what the Messianic movement, lifestyle, and theologies are all about? Do you need answers on a wide variety of issues with some detailed information? If these are the questions you have been asking, then Introduction to Things Messianic is a book that will definitely benefit you. Written to the new person investigating Messianic things, Introduction to Things Messianic is a compilation of articles that will inform the inquirer on a wide array of Messianic topics relevant to the current state and growth of our movement, including: Is “the […]

Messianic Issues

Considering Messianic Jewish Fears of Replacement and Irrelevance

6 November, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

originally posted 06 August, 2013 reproduced from the Messianic Torah Helper At this still relatively young point in my experience as a Messianic writer and teacher, I have lost count of how many times I have begun an article, or included a statement, along the lines of: The Messianic movement has seen a generation of Jewish people come to faith in Messiah Yeshua, as well as many evangelical Christians embrace their Hebraic Roots in a tangible way… To some of you, these remarks seem rather obvious, and perhaps even a bit mundane. To others, though, these remarks are not only […]

Exodus

Approaching One Law Controversies: Sorting Through the Legalism

7 October, 2016 messianicapologetics 0

A definite controversy that has been present in the Messianic movement, is whether non-Jewish Believers are at all supposed or anticipated to keep (any of) the Torah or the Law of Moses. Many have committed themselves to a Messianic walk of faith, wanting to live more like Messiah Yeshua, in obedience to the Father’s commandments. They have taken a hold of things like the seventh-day Sabbath/Shabbat, the appointed times of Leviticus 23, and eating kosher, as a means of grace, approaching these practices as being an important part of maturing in faith. There are Messianic Jewish leaders and teachers who […]

Books & Studies

The Top Ten Urban Myths of Today’s Messianic Movement

30 September, 2016 messianicapologetics 0

For well over a decade (2000-present), the Messianic movement has been able to grow in leaps and bounds. New people are coming to a revelation of their Hebraic Roots and congregations are budding. But the theology of the Messianic community and our Biblical Studies have largely not been able to keep up with the growth. As a result, this has led to a significant number of concepts and ideas floating around that are not only non-Scriptural, but also non-factual. What are some things that have been permitted to circulate in the Messianic movement that classify as being non-factual, and at […]

Anti-Semitism

Anti-Semitism in the Two-House Movement

1 September, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

posted 17 May, 2015 reproduced from Israel in Future Prophecy Anti-Semitism or anti-Judaism is a significant crime, with devastating prejudices and a poisonous ideology, which has been present in our world since long before the time of Yeshua the Messiah. While manifested in many forms throughout the ages, anti-Semitism undeniably reached its lowest point in the 1930s and 1940s with Hitler’s Holocaust and the attempted annihilation of the Jewish people by Nazi Germany. While it can be said that out of the Holocaust and World War II, the State of Israel was birthed and Jewish-Christian relations have improved—making sure that non-Jewish […]

Ancient Israel

Two Houses of Israel?

18 August, 2016 J.K. McKee 2

In a recent YouTube video podcast, Zachary Bauer of New2Torah offered “7 Scriptural Proofs for Two House,” mainly referring to the Tanach passages: 1 Kings 12:21; Jeremiah 3:18; 5:11; 11:10; 31:31; Zechariah 8:13; Isaiah 8:14; 11:13. He then proceeded to say that today’s Messianic Jews are widely blind to this truth because they are “Judah.” Half of his presentation dealt with the parable of the prodigal son (Luke 15:11-32), which he concluded is representative of Ephraim and Judah. Many assumptions were made which need to be challenged. There is little doubting that in many sectors of the Messianic movement, when the […]

Hebrew Roots

Messianic Judaism and the Hebrew Roots Movement: A Numbers Game

16 August, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

How are any of us supposed to reckon with the large numbers of non-Jewish Believers being drawn into the Messianic movement? Messianic Apologetics editor J.K. McKee addresses how the Messianic Jewish founders of the 1960s and 1970s set up a movement focused on: Jewish outreach, Jewish evangelism, and Israel solidarity. Messianic Jewish congregations could be places where Jewish Believers in Yeshua did not have to assimilate into the Christian world, with their children and grandchildren forgetting their heritage. Jewish Believers in Yeshua did not have to give up on being Jewish, and they could indeed live as Jews in fellowship […]